ZDS Weekly Preparedness Mission
⚠️ Codename: watch my 6 ⚠️
The notion of being a lone wolf in a survival situation is often romanticized by preppers and survivalists. Many think they will be better off by themselves in a SHTF scenario. While it wouldn't be impossible to survive on your own, there are many advantages to having a partner. Too many to list from a tactical/defensive perspective. But, you must also consider first aid reasons - some things you just can't do yourself. There are other practical reasons but most people overlook one of the most important reasons, and that is that life can be very depressing if you are completely isolated. This will affect your will power which is your biggest motivating factor to survive. Find a partner or a survival group/team/community. Many preppers live their life without being able to share their ideas with like-minded individuals. Don't be "that guy", find someone you can trust, have each other's backs.
Make a list of every situation that you WANT to prepare for. Next, analyze your lifestyle, geographic location, career, etc... and think of any potential risk that could impact your life as a result of these things. These are the NEEDS.
It's critical to include more than just major situations, you'll want to think of ANY scenario that could result in hardships for you or your family. That could include things like becoming ill, losing your job, or your car needing a new transmission. Compare the wants vs needs list, rule out anything that makes no real sense.
Next, build a quadrant table, on one axis label 'Most Likely' & 'Least Likely', on the other axis label 'High Impact' & 'Low Impact'. Now, assign all of the scenarios you came up with into the appropriate quadrant. With this information you're able to begin building your skills & inventory on situations in the 'Most Likely, High Impact' quadrant first. Now, move onto the 'Most Likely, Low impact', then 'Least Likely, High Impact'. You'll finish up with 'Least Likely, Low Impact'. This method of prioritizing your preparedness will save you from buying gear and learning skills that won't be relevant to the events you're most susceptible to.